Tickets can be bought from modern ticket machines which can be found on most platforms and have instructions in English and a couple of other languages. Alternatively, you can buy tickets in main stations where you see the sign for Kasa Biletowa or as a last resort from the conductor at the front of the train for a higher price. If you buy tickets from the Kasa Biletowa make sure that you stamp them in the bright yellow boxes on or close to the platform to validate them, before getting on the train.
The Fast Urban Railway (abbreviated in Polish as SKM) is the yellow-and-blue commuter-train network running between Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia. It arrives every 10-15 minutes between 05:00-19:00, and less frequently outside of these hours with trains also running occasionally between 00:00 and 04:00. Check out the ticket options and prices here.
Bikes travel for free and should be carried in a specially-marked carriage at the front of the train. Children under 4 travel for free although you also have to buy a 0zł ticket (we kid you not) and you are likely to be requested to provide proof of the child‘s age so basically keep passports on you at all times. ISIC cards allow for a student discount but only if you study in Poland. Euro 26 cards are not valid at all.
The SKM connects to the PKM (Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway), which assists in regional travel and getting to the Airport. You can change trains from SKM to PKM and visa versa at Gdańsk Główny and Gdańsk Wrzeszcz station. On that note, the journey from Gdańsk Główny (via Gdańsk Wrzeszcz) to the Airport takes around 45 mins.
SKM tickets can be purchased via app such as jakdojade.pl, and well as GoPay, moBILET, mPay, SkyCash and zbiletem.pl.
The Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway (abbreviated in Polish as 'PKM') is worth knowing about if you want to get to the airport on public transport or venture down into Kashubia. From the airport, trains run regularly between the Gdańsk Wrzeszcz, where you can change to the SKM line. Read more here.
Once you arrive in a city by SKM, Trolleybuses, Trams & Local Buses (Abbreviated in Polish as ZKM and ZTM) can zip you around with ease. Tickets are issued by Gdańsk and Gdynia. Gdańsk tickets allow you to travel in Gdańsk (and Sopot) and Gdynia tickets allow you to travel in Gdynia (and Sopot). If buying a ticket in Sopot you will need to buy a ticket for the direction you are heading i.e. Gdańsk or Gdynia. Check out the current ticket prices here.
A recommended way to avoid having to decide on which ticket and then having to negotiate how to get it with the woman in the kiosk is to pick up a Gdańsk – Sopot – Gdynia Plus tourist card. As well as the discounts and free entry to many of the sights that the card brings, you will also be entitled to free travel on the whole Tri-city transport network. Pick it up at the tourist information points around the city.
Those looking to spend a little longer here might want to consider picking up one the local travel season tickets which includes one - the Metropolitan Card - which allows you to access transport services throughout the whole metropolitan area.
National Trains & Buses
If you are looking to travel out of the city you will need to use the national PKP (trains) or PKS (bus) services. For trains, you find arrival (Przyjazdy) and departure (Odjazdy) times marked on a board in the main station building with the timetables displayed on A1 size cards (departures on a yellow card and arrivals on a white card). Main line train services run from all three stations in the Tri-city as well as Gdańsk Oliwa and Gdańsk Wrzeszcz. Regional and national bus services (such as services to Frombork) run from Gdańsk Bus Station which you will find perched on the hill overlooking the train station. The bus station can be reached via the tunnel entered via the stairs outside the main train station and KFC.